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New singers in all voice parts are welcome to join the choir. We sing mostly sacred choral repertoire, but also enjoy Sacred Harp, African American Spirituals and Gospel pieces. We rehearse on Wednesday evenings for an hour and on Sunday mornings for twenty minutes, before the liturgy. Shown, from left, are Alan Leach, Edith Swarthout, Curtis Bradford, Ed Taylor, Doug Henry, Gretchen Grant, Lynda Averack. Other choir members not pictured include Barbara Steinhaus, Lynda Smith, Mark Gardner, Bob Smith and David Greene.

We strive to provide music that unites us as a congregation and lifts our spirits as we worship. The 9:15 a.m. service includes hymns, organ music and often a soloist or anthems from our choir.

We use two Episcopal hymnals:

  • The Hymnal 1982 of the Protestant Episcopal Church– traditional hymns and service music. You can find these hymns online.51-n6hbvbjl-_sl300_-1
  • “Lift Every Voice and Sing, II” — African-American and Gospel songs, compiled under the supervision of the Office of Black Ministries of the Episcopal Church. It includes service music and several psalm settings in addition to the Negro spirituals, gospel songs, and hymns. 

The 11:15 a.m. service, designed especially to help children enjoy church, emphasizes well-known hymns and may include a wide variety of instruments and music. The 8 a.m. service is quieter, without music.

 


The Henry Erben Organ

Grace-Calvary is home to the oldest working pipe organ in the State of Georgia. The “Erben Organ”–as it is known–is the work of Henry Erben (1800-1884) of the Erben Organ Factory which was located in the State of New York.


Grace-Calvary Choir, Musicians and Director of Music

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Alan Leach, Grace-Calvary director of music

The choir rehearses on most Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., and on Sundays at 8:45 a.m. just before the 9:15 a.m. service. We invite more singers of all parts. Rehearsals are held in the parish office building, across the street from the church at 295 E. Green Street.

Our Director of Music, Alan Leach, organizes the music, directs the choir, and plays the organ. We invite singers and other musicians to participate in the choir, offer solos and be creative! The choir and soloists sing at the 9:15 a.m. Sunday service.

At the 11:15 a.m. service, we’d like to include a variety of instruments. If you play an instrument, we invite you to contact Alan and discuss some exciting possibilities. We have a keyboard in the choir loft, and have space for several musicians and other instruments. Sometimes, too, we hold a worship service outdoors in the labyrinth.

Contact Alan at music@grace-calvary.org or alan@alanleach.com or 770-865-7054.